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Leith Hall Blueberry Muffins for Vicky

blueberry muffins Cape May bed and breakfast

Blueberry Muffins for Vicky.blueberry muffins Cape May bed and breakfast

I make these blueberry muffins for my guests whenever I make scrambled eggs with cream cheese and dill. When I can get them, I use wild blueberries from Wyman’s. Otherwise, I use fresh or frozen cultivated blueberries.

2 cups all purpose flour

1 Tbs. Baking powder

½ tsp. Salt

½ cup sugar

1 egg

1cup milk

¼ cup melted butter

1 tsp. Lemon extract

1 cup blueberries

Beat the egg, then beat in the milk, butter, lemon extract. Mix the flour and baking powder, salt, and sugar. Mix the dry into the wet ingredients util incorporated but not more. Mix in the blueberries. Portion into paper lined and cooking-sprayed muffin cups. Bake at 375 F. for 10 minutes on top shelf, then 10 minutes on bottom shelf. They should spring back when fully baked. If they don’t spring back, leave them in the turned-off oven for 3 to 5 minutes to firm up.

This general recipe also works for any other kind of muffins. Leave out the lemon extract and blueberries and replace with vanilla paste and chocolate chips for chocolate chip muffins. Or replace with orange extract and dried cranberries, or replace the sugar with light brown sugar, the lemon with vanilla, and the fruit with rum soaked raisins for rum-raisin muffins. Or substitute  coconut extract and shredded sweetened coconut.  Vanilla, a finely chopped apple and cinnamon will make apple muffins.

blueberry muffins Cape May bed and breakfast

Good luck  making these muffins, or you can let me make them for you by visiting us at Leith Hall bed and breakfast.


Beautiful Farm and Winery in Cape May

Leith Hall bed and breakfast

Leith Hall bed and breakfastSusan and I just visited Beach Plum Farm for the first time. Sometimes it takes us Cape Mayers a while to discover new local attractions. It is an organic farm, garden, gift shop, and restaurant owned by the Congress Hall / Virginia Hotel crowd.  It is really beautiful. There’s a wooden barn-like building which houses a breakfast and lunch spot, a gift shop on the first and second floors, a produce stand, and some herbLeith Hall bed and breakfast plants to take home. The building is flanked by a formal herb garden laid out as a parterre. There are pick-nick tables and chairs and benches to sit among the flowers. There are golf cart tours of the grounds.

Beach Plum Farm is an idyllic country experience only a couple of miles from Leith Hall. It’s beautiful. It’s calm. And it’s healthy. Come visit us and, when you need a Leith Hall bed and breakfastbreak from the beach, visit the farm and it’s near neighbor Willow Creek Winery. The winery is another beautiful country spot, only a few yards from the farm. It includes a beautiful big building set up as a wine bar, restaurant, and wedding hall. Willow Creek also offers tours and grounds to relax in.

So give us a call or go online at Hope to see you soon.



Breakfast Frittata Leith Hall for Cheryl

Our guest, Cheryl, requested this recipe for frittata that I serve for breakfast. I’ve found that people don’t want exotic or unusual ingredients at breakfast-time. They want comfort. I bake the frittata in a quiche pan. Since a frittata means fried in Italian, I guess it’s not a real frittata – it’s sort of a quiche without a crust.
You can also add diced cooked potato to the frittata and make it a luncheon dish or even a light supper.

Breakfast Frittatafrittata
6 eggs
1 quart of whole milk
2 Tbs. cornstarch
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 Tbs. chervil
½ of a large red bell pepper or 1 small red bell pepper – diced
½ of a small red onion – diced
About 3 oz. Swiss cheese , grated

frittataBeat the eggs, milk, cornstarch, salt, pepper, chervil together. You can adjust the amount of milk to fit your quiche pan. If you add another cup of milk, add another teaspoon of cornstarch. Saute the pepper and onion in a little bit of oil or butter. Sprinkle the pepper and onion on the bottom of the quiche pan. Sprinkle a generous layer of Swiss cheese over the pepper and onion mixture. Ladle the egg batter on top of the other ingredients. Bake at 375 F. for about twenty minutes. The frittata is done when the top is lightly browned and the center is no longer liquid. Cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Or, better yet, just come visit us at Leith Hall and let me make it for you!


Once Again – Eat Drink and be Merry, for Tomorrow we Diet!

Romantic Cape May

eat drink and be merryI haven’t used Eat Drink and be Merry, for Tomorrow we Diet for a year now. That’s because it’s been almost a year since the last Cape May Restaurant Week. I know that a lot of my guests come to town to eat in Cape May’s wonderful restaurants. From June 1 to June 8, you can do it for less! Once again, some of the best restaurants in town are participating.

410 Bank Street for Cajun Creole and Caribbean food  – Union eat drink and be merryPark for exotic ingredients like elk, bison, and fois gras –  Fresco’s for Northern Italian food – Cucina Rosa for Southern Italian food,  and several restaurants with a wide variety of dishes  –  Alethea’s, Tisha’s, and the Mad Batter. You probably already know that all of the best restaurants on the Jersey Shore are here in Cape May, but go to the website to see this once a year bargain.

Come stay with us at Leith Hall, so I can feed you my breakfasts and afternoon tea to complete your sybaritic experience.



Spring FestivalSpring festival is Cape May’s annual sigh of relief that Winter is over. This year we have a few new events that will get you in the spirit. First, if you’re a Downton Abbey fan, you can put your Easter bonnet on and have a Royal Tea at the Carriage House at the Physick Estate. There will be Royal Trivia to test your knowledge of all things regal. There’s a Spring Festivalnew tour called the Cape May Time Capsule, where characters from the nineteenth-century will guide you through there town.

And Chocolate too…

Spring FestivalSaturday, May 3rd will feature the Chocolate Championship tour, where you can benefit from the cuthroat competition among Bed and Breakfast owners for the honor and the trophy. You get to sample the goodies and vote for the best in show. April 26th, there’s a Murder Mystery Dinner at Alethea’s Restaurant, with a new mystery “Revenge is Sweet”  and  a delicious dinner. Earlier the same day (April 26) there is a Private Homes Tour, showing houses not ususally open to the public. Iboyd house love snooping in other people’s house and you will too.

Come stay with us at Leith Hall bed and breakfast and make it a festive Spring weekend.



We’re expecting the President and Prince Charles next at Leith Hall

We just had this wonderful article about Leith Hall published in the travel section of the Washington Post. Becky Crystal stayed with us recently – so now we expect ambassadors, noblemen, and foreign princes to beat down our doors.

Leith Hall bed-and-breakfast in Cape May, a Victorian charmer by the ocean

By Becky Krystal, Published: January 2

A biweekly staff review of East Coast and regional lodgings.

At many bed-and-breakfasts, there’s a thin lace line between historical accuracy and over-the-top frills. I’m happy to report that Leith Hall in Cape May, N.J., stays on the former side.

Those with an aversion to doilies and potpourri sachets (if not communal dining — we’ll get to that later) need not fear this B&B, located an enviable half-block from the beach.

Innkeepers Susan and Elan Zingman-Leith bought the 1878 Victorian in 1989 and have turned it into a veritable museum. Their goal: Restore it to what the home might have looked like in the 1880s. I can’t say that I have firsthand experience of what the 1880s looked like, but from my perspective as an amateur fan of historic homes, I’d say that they did a pretty bang-up job.

Which is why I was a bit nervous as my husband and I, bulked up in winter garb and carrying our suitcases, squeezed through the front door, into the demure front parlor and, after a brief orientation from Elan, up the narrow staircase. Meticulously painted walls, a plethora of framed art, antique knickknacks placed seemingly everywhere — I felt like a disaster waiting to happen. Hello, bull. Welcome to the china shop.

Our room, the Empire Room, put me at ease. There was nothing too fragile-looking. I fell in love with the mahogany sleigh bed; a gauzy canopy hung from the ceiling. A bay window with two chairs and a table offered ocean views. The mini-fridge and flat-screen television weren’t exactly period-appropriate, but I appreciated them nonetheless.

We didn’t spend too long admiring the decor, because afternoon tea was upon us. We’d passed on a fast-food lunch in anticipation of this treat, the inn’s site having boasted of Elan’s baking prowess. His chocolate chip bars and pumpkin-apricot cake didn’t disappoint, and it was only the presence of the rest of the guests that kept us from going back for seconds and thirds.

Ah, the other guests. Not long after we’d sat down and engaged in a highly choreographed attempt to balance tea cups, plates and silverware — antiques, remember — the rest of the overnighters began to trickle into the parlor. Soon, all the chairs were filled, and a few small conversations had evolved into — gird yourselves, B&B skeptics — one group discussion. With a list of sights to see and minimal knowledge of the topic at hand (wine), my husband and I began exchanging stealthy looks, wondering how to escape. Sometimes, though, the best solution is the most straightforward one. We politely excused ourselves and went on our merry way.

We didn’t encounter anyone later that night when we sneaked downstairs for a glass of sherry. I sipped it daintily while reading more about our room and the house, thanks to the notebook provided by our hosts. It told me why our room looked slightly different from the rest. The Empire Room was named after the American Empire style, a design movement that spanned a good part of the early 19th century. The idea is that, like your basement filled with college furniture, even a wealthy 1880s family would have had older pieces that they might have assembled in one retro room. So, this one was a little more Jane Austen than Queen Victoria.

Speaking of Victoria, I came face to face with the long-reigning monarch the next morning at the breakfast buffet. A small bust of the queen sat at right about eye level, flanked by those of her beloved husband, Prince Albert, and son Edward VII. I think that Edward, a man with a not altogether flattering reputation as a food lover, would have envied my plate of challah French toast.

Only moderately panic-stricken at the idea of a communal breakfast after the previous day’s tea, my husband — before piling up his plate — dashed into the parlor to secure us a tiny two-top. Us, social? Not so much, especially first thing in the morning.

Still, I found myself regretting the brevity of our stay at Leith Hall. Dripping with a carefully curated array of artifacts, its walls seemed primed to talk. Maybe if I stayed longer, I’d get better at it, too.


Leith Hall

22 Ocean St.

Cape May, N.J.


Rooms from $125.


Great Food Organic Food

Great Food Organic Food

Cape May is already a mecca for food fans because of our great

Graet Food Organic Food
West Cape May Farmers Market

restaurants. Now we have food markets as well – Tuesdays feature the West Cape May farmers market, with lots of local farmers and organic products for sale – as well as live music, crafts, and local honey. Every day celebrates the Cape May Organic Food Market at  120 Park Boulevard (609 884-3200) which not only features organic produce and healthy food and supplements, but organic meats

Graet food  Organic Food
Tai and Piper Menz

at not much different than supermarket prices. Even better, the store features antiques and gifts chosen by the owners Tai and Julie Menz  (of Victorious at the Pink House fame) . The weird and wonderful objects make shopping at the food market an entertainment rather than a chore.  The last time I was there, I bought a crystal ball for my parlor as well as some organic flavorings for tea-time pastries.

Right next door is Seaside Cheese, which sells wonderful cheese fromgreat food prganic food around the world as well as a selection of Italian pasts, sauces, and breads.  Between the Organic Food Market next door and Seaside Cheese, you can provide yourself with a spectacular picnic for the beach or for a supper on the front porch. Come stay with us at Leith Hall and graze the gourmet delights of Cape May.


EAT DRINK AND BE MERRY –For Tomorrow we Diet

Eat Drink and be Merry!

eat drink and be merry Restaurant week
Cucina Rosa

Forgive the bad old joke, but this should be the motto of Cape May’s restaurant week, starting today, June 2, through June 9th. Many of Cape May’s great restaurants are participating, like 410 Bank Street, with Cajun and Creole food, the Ebbit Room at the Virginia Hotel – with “New American” cuisine, and the Sea Salt Restaurant – Cape May’s newest gourmet restaurant.

Some of our guests favorites, like Tisha’s on the Mall, Union

eat drink and be merry Reataurant Week
The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel

Park in the Macomber hotel, and the Washington Inn, will also be included.  The special prix fixe Restaurant Week menus let you dine in the most wonderful restaurants for much less than usual prices.

eat drink and be merry Reataurant Week
Martini Beach

Come stay with us at Leith Hall and sample Elan’s breakfasts and teatime goodies, saving room for a dinnertime drink and be merry Reastaurant Week If you stay two nights midweek, (June 2-June 9) you’ll get 30% off the second night! (subject to availability and cannot be combined with other offers) Click on the Specials and Packages tab on our website


Yummy Lunch Spot in Cape May


Yummy Lunch, Yes!

yummy lunch

The Carriage House Café and Tearoom at the Emlen Physick Estate in Cape May is opening for another season with a new chef, a new menu, and an expanded take-out service. You can have lunch in the former horse stalls of the Carriage House, where Emlen Physick’s horses used to munch away, or in the striped tent on the patio behind the carriage house. The tent is surrounded by gardens, with a view of the gorgeous Physick house.

If you want to have an elegant afternoon experience in the Cape Mayyummy lunch at the Physick Estatetradition, you can have an “Elegant Afternoon Tea.” If you want a quick lunch and a rest after trudging the streets of Cape May, you can do that too. You can even take out a sandwich, salad, cake or fruit and eat on the picnic table near the carriage house. We’ll take care of breakfast at Leith Hall, now lunch is settled. All you have to decide on is dinner.


Peace at Leith Hall bed and breakfast but MURDER at dinner

Leith Hall hosts murder mystery guests

Bed and Breakfast calm and mayhem at dinner

After your peaceful night and relaxing breakfast at Leith Hall bed and breakfast, prepare Cape May bed and breakfast murder mysteryfor mayhem at lunch or dinner. Murder Mystery Dinners and luncheons will be held on Saturdays April 27 and May 4, and Sundays April 28 and May 5. The mystery will be “A Foul Weather Fiend” presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts. After your meal, you can interact with the cast of likely suspects and try your hand as solving the mystery before all is revealed!

Cape May bed and breakfast

Good food, a fun play, and a challenging puzzle can be yours when you stay at Leith Hall bed and breakfast either of these weekends. Make your reservation now!

Cape May bed and breakfast
A Suspicious Character